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7/13/2020 2:15:00 PM
Today In History - July 13

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Today in History in 1836 US Patent #1 was granted for locomotive wheels (after 9,957 unnumbered patents); in 1865 “Go west young man” Horace Greeley advised his readers; and in 1923 the Hollywood Sign was officially dedicated (originally was Hollywoodland).

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1568 - Dean of St Paul's Cathedral perfects a way to bottle beer
  • 1657 - Oliver Cromwell constrains English army leader John Lambert
  • 1836 - US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
  • 1837 - Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace
  • 1865 - Horace Greeley reputedly advises his readers to "Go west young man"
  • 1881 - 5th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats J Hartley (6-0 6-1 6-1)
  • 1919 - Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield
  • 1923 - The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.
  • 1939 - Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut
  • 1994 - OJ Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing

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Famous Birthdays

  • 100 BC - Julius Caesar, Rome, Roman military and political leader
  • 1859 - Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter
  • 1863 - Emma Mary Wooley, educator (Mary Anna Wells)
  • 1864 - John Jacob Astor IV, American entrepreneur (d. 1912)
  • 1905 - Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
  • 1928 - Bob Crane, Waterbury Ct, actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed)
  • 1940 - Patrick Stewart, Mirfield England, actor (Picard-Star Trek Next Generation, Charles Xavier-X-men)
  • 1942 - Harrison Ford, actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • 1914 - British poet and novelist D. H. Lawrence (28) weds Frieda Weekley (34) after obtaining Frieda's divorce from her 1st husband
  • 1925 - Film producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney (23) weds Lillian Bounds (26) at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1949 - Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones (30) weds "Rebecca" film producer David O. Selznick (47) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2008 - American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California
  • 2013 - "Catwoman" actress Halle Berry (46) weds actor Olivier Martinez (47) at Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France
  • 2013 - TV host Jimmy Kimmel (45) weds co-head writer Molly McNearney in Ojai, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 - Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1777 - Guillaume Coustou Jr, French sculptor (Apollo/Mars/Venus), dies at 61
  • 1785 - Stephen Hopkins, US judge/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 78
  • 1951 - Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer (Verklärte Nacht) and painter associated with the expressionist movement, dies at 76
  • 1954 - M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera, dies at 47
  • 1973 - Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 67
  • 1995 - Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish toy manufacturer (Lego Group) (b. 1920)
  • 2006 - Red Buttons, American comedian (b. 1919)
  • 2010 - George Steinbrenner, American businessman and owner of the New York Yankees, dies from heart attack at 80
  • 2012 - Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award winning film producer, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2013 - Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician, dies of heroin and alcohol overdose at 31
  • 2014 - Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90

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